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August 2006
Quick Links: 3D Crop Circle, etc. — 3D Crop Circle Seeming to look down on skyscrapers, experts are impressed by what is being touted as the world's first 3D crop circle. Swiftly followed by: Pig Circle A pig-shaped crop circle measuring more than 250m across has been discovered in a field in the English countryside. Two-faced Kitten A kitten with two faces has been born in Ohio. Man Wins Lawsuit Over Decade-long Erection Charles "Chick" Lennon has won his $400,000 lawsuit after his steel and plastic penis implant…
Posted: Tue Aug 15, 2006.   Comments (6)

‘The Can’ — It all began when Bill and Diane Finc bought a can of tomato juice. When they shook it before opening, they heard a metallic thud. There was something inside. Now, instead of doing what I would do and very hesitantly opening it, trying not to let the possibilities of what could be in there run through my mind, the Fincs, residents of the somewhat eccentric town of Jarbridge, kept it for a year. Over that time, bets were placed on what the mysterious item could be. After a day of…
Posted: Tue Aug 15, 2006.   Comments (9)

Quick Links: Bonsai Contortionist, etc. — Bonsai Contortionist Hugo Zamoratte is known as 'The Bottle Man' and has the ability to dislocate almost every bone in his body. Playing Astronauts The Haughton Mars Project's research and development of ways to survive in space seem like a dream come true for big kids. Cardboard Office Mike, a keen prankster, pushed his co-workers too far. It was probably a mistake to then take a few days away from the office. Lobster Pinches Wallet A man who lost his wallet during a late-night…
Posted: Mon Aug 14, 2006.   Comments (12)

Giant Baby Born in China — Xinhuanet.com reports on a "giant baby" born in China's Hubei Province a few days ago. The baby looks pretty big in the photos, but the photo captions state that the baby "weighs 5.5 kilograms and is 57 centimeters tall." That would be about 12 lbs and a little under 2' tall. I think the height is more unusual than the weight. From what I understand, babies weighing 12 lbs aren't that unusual, especially if the mother is diabetic. Babycenter.com notes that: For most women with…
Posted: Mon Aug 14, 2006.   Comments (7)


Quick Links: Banana Phone, etc. — Banana Phone Disguise your mobile phone as a banana. Admittedly a pretty stupid product, and yet I want one. Too bad I'm one of the last people on Earth not to own a mobile phone. (via OhGizmo) 5Lb Fat Replica Amazon is selling a "A grossly dramatic replica of 5 lbs. of fat." However, gift wrapping is not available for this item, so you can't send it as a mean gift to someone you don't like. The one reviewer for this item gives it "Bonus points for the realistic blood vessels!" I…
Posted: Mon Aug 14, 2006.   Comments (12)

Self-Watering Miracle Tree — Lucille Pope's oak tree has sprung a leak. Water is pouring out of it at the rate of a tenth of a gallon every minute, and no one knows where the water is coming from. It all started back in April when a little sap started oozing out of the tree. The sap progressed to a dark stain, that eventually turned into a steady trickle of water. Lucille Pope thinks it's some kind of miracle tree, and that the water has special healing properties. However, her son Lloyd says "I ain't with that…
Posted: Fri Aug 11, 2006.   Comments (34)

Naked Civil Servants Fired — The Rural Payments Agency have fired four staff and disciplined five others after reports of naked filing cabinet hurdling, amongst other pranks. The Register reports that: Allegations that staff hid vomit in the office in order to fester was borne out by investigators, with four cups of sick confirmed. The report also reveals: "There have been incidents involving faeces, female sanitary products and mucus deposited." I am so very, very glad I don't work there...
Posted: Fri Aug 11, 2006.   Comments (7)

Quick Links: Taco Sauce Pranksters, etc. — Taco Sauce Pranksters Strike Fifteen masked men entered an Indiana Taco Bell and returned 25,000 packets of taco sauce that, so they said, had been accumulating in the trunk of their car for the past three years. It required 40 trash bags to carry all the packets of sauce into the store. Maybe they thought that if they saved up enough packets of sauce they could win a free Liberty Bell. Unwise Grenade Opening Technique Reuters reports that "A Brazilian man died Tuesday when he tried to…
Posted: Fri Aug 11, 2006.   Comments (11)

Frog Salad Surprise — A lot of sites have been linking to this photo of a frog inside a bag of salad. Could the photo be real? Well, I don't think it's photoshopped, this being a case where it would be a lot easier to stick a frog inside a bag rather than go to the trouble of photoshopping it in. But there have been reported cases in the past of frogs showing up inside packaged salads. For instance, a few months ago (April 12, 2006) The Daily Telegraph in Australia reported a case: A DEAD frog was an…
Posted: Thu Aug 10, 2006.   Comments (15)

World’s Smallest Cat — There's been so many giant cats in the news, it's good to see a munchkin cat make headlines. This tiny cat named Heed is 14 weeks old and is currently in the running to grab the record for Smallest Cat Ever. It's only 3 ¼ inches tall. Current record holder, Mr Peebles from Illinois, stands at 6.1 inches tall, and weighs 3.1 lbs. At eight weeks old, Heed could hide behind a tin can and he is still shorter than a roll of toilet paper. His owner, Tiffani Kjeldergaard, 40, of Potrero, San…
Posted: Thu Aug 10, 2006.   Comments (12)

Quick Links: Perishing Penguins, etc. — Penguins Perish in Freak Texas Truck Accident A truck carrying zoo animals to a new home overturned on a Texas highway. Four penguins died as well as some exotic fish. The octopus got away unharmed. The person who emailed me this (they didn't give a name) writes : "The story itself isn't all that interesting, but the headline is a classic. Possible sequel to Hippo Eats Dwarf?" Beware of Eyeball-Sucking Red Lamprey A prankster in northern Wisconsin has been placing hoax signs around…
Posted: Thu Aug 10, 2006.   Comments (10)

Weird Scottish Myths — The Scotsman has published an article on a number of slightly bizarre (well, very bizarre) myths about Scotland, ranging from Jesus holidaying in the Hebrides to Jerusalem actually being Edinburgh. Mostly avoiding the Da Vinci Code furore, the newspaper has given each theory their own marks out of ten on the probability scale. 0/10 - This whole theory seems as thin as extra-thin, thin crust pizza, that has been cooked very thin. It is hard to believe that the ancient Scots were busy…
Posted: Thu Aug 10, 2006.   Comments (6)

Quick Links: Animal Antics — Transsexual Chicken Anne Boleyn the chicken is causing uproar in her henhouse, ever since she grew a comb, tail and wattle. Marauding Goats Nantgwynant, in Wales, is suffering an invasion of wild goats. The goats' antics include, according to some passing motorists, playing "chicken" with passing cars before running off. Flying St. Bernard A St. Bernard dog has been placed in care after being thrown out of a second storey window and landing on a man passing below.
Posted: Wed Aug 09, 2006.   Comments (5)

Hanging Munchkin set for Stage Debut — The well-known and much maligned Wizard of Oz urban legend – that of a scene in the film where one can ‘see’ one of the munchkins hanging himself at the back of the set – is the centre theme of a show opening in Dublin this week. Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh has focused the play, depicting the lives of the actors who portrayed the munchkins, around the premise that the legend is true. The BBC quotes him as saying: "It's a persistent myth - the point about myths is they don't have…
Posted: Wed Aug 09, 2006.   Comments (8)

Bizarre Japanese Porta Potty Prank — Japanese TV (especially their game shows and reality shows) is notorious for airing some pretty bizarre and cruel stunts. Here are two good examples of that. These videos come from a candid-camera style show. I don't know it's name. In the first video an outdoor porta potty is equipped with a hydraulic lift that, ten seconds after the door is shut, lifts the bewildered occupant high into the air. And as NetNewsAsia points out, "for many people, ten seconds is evidently more than enough…
Posted: Wed Aug 09, 2006.   Comments (13)

Flower Urinals — Kathy Johnston sent along a link to these pictures of artistic urinals created by urinal sculptor Clark Sorensen. (I would love to be able to tell people at cocktail parties that my job was a 'urinal sculptor'.) Yes, they're real urinals, although I don't know if they're actually installed and being used anywhere. Check out more examples of Sorensen's art at clarkmade.com. I think a fake fly would be the ideal addition to his urinals.
Posted: Wed Aug 09, 2006.   Comments (6)

Quick Links: Card Trick, etc. — Card Trick YouTube video of a well performed card trick. I think it's a version of the "ambitious card" trick, in which one card keeps coming to the top again and again. I don't know how it's done, but I'm guessing it involves double-lifting cards and using a false shuffle to keep certain cards at the top (or bottom). Tom Dundee Condoms Banned in Thailand Thai authorities have banned a line of condoms named Tom Dundee, since Dundee in Thai means "Good Penetration," a phrase that they…
Posted: Tue Aug 08, 2006.   Comments (4)

Crackheadz Gone Wild — The Miami New Times have reported on the publicisation of the lives of crack cocaine users through Headliners Productions' range of Crackheadz Gone Wild DVDs. Crackheadz Gone Wild Miami will be the fifth such film. Debatable is the motives behind these films: Producers of the Miami version, who say their aim is to publicize the problem so it can be solved, have earned hundreds of thousands of dollars from the commercial release of the New York volumes. And though the company does not…
Posted: Tue Aug 08, 2006.   Comments (3)

Quick Links: Square Watermelon, etc. — Flora and I have decided on a more efficient way to post links that really don't need (or don't deserve) an entire post of their own. We'll just dump them together in a "quick links" post whenever we accumulate a bunch of them. Should mean more stuff gets posted. Here's the first such set of links: Square Watermelon Soon to be on sale in Britain. Really. "Boxes are placed around the growing fuit which naturally swells to fill the shape." Buy two and get a bonsai kitten free! (Thanks,…
Posted: Mon Aug 07, 2006.   Comments (18)

Is the “End of Serenity” Photo Fake? — I think what follows is an example of the truism that "we are most gullible when we are most skeptical." When United Airlines Flight 93 crashed in Somerset County, Pennsylvania on Sept. 11, 2001, a woman named Val McClatchey, who lived nearby the crash, managed to get a picture of the cloud of smoke from the crash rising above the trees. Her photo, which she subsequently titled 'The End of Serenity,' became quite famous, but now conspiracy theorists are suggesting that it's a fake:
Posted: Mon Aug 07, 2006.   Comments (23)

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